An unexpected chapter in a love story: one couple’s kidney transplant experience

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An unexpected chapter in a love story: one couple’s kidney transplant experience

Toronto, August 20, 2019

By Ana Gajic

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Kevin and Qwelan were friends for almost 10 years before they started dating.

“Kevin knows how to make sure I’m okay,” Qwelan says. “He knows how to make me happy.”

Their love story took an unexpected turn when Kevin needed a kidney transplant and Qwelan decided to step forward as a donor.

Watch their full story in the video on this page.

Their story is the ninth in a series of patients we're profiling to celebrate our Kidney Transplant Program's 50th anniversary. It's called #MyTXanniversary, and we want to encourage more people to register as organ donors and highlight its patients and staff by sharing stories of their own transplant anniversaries. Past articles:

Sign up to be a donor, or check your registration status online today at our donor drive.

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